In my own time, I’ve really enjoyed reading ‘Behind Her Eyes’ by one of my favourite authors and our Festival of Writing keynote speaker for 2018, Sarah Pinborough. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a page-turning thriller with a bit of fantasy thrown in for good measure. I have also read a fair bit of YA this year, ‘Faceless’ by Alyssa Sheinmel, ‘Clean’ by Juno Dawson and of course ‘Outside’ by our own Sarah Ann Juckes being standouts. Don’t forget to get your copy of Outside when it’s published in January.
I also spent a large chunk of my year eagerly awaiting the release of two nonfiction books: Keith Thomas’ In Pursuit of Civility: Manners and Civilisation in Early Modern England and Richard Holmes’ The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science.
Finally, it may sound a bit bias as I work with but I can honestly say that I adored Sarah Juckes’ ‘Outside’ which left me spinning for days after. I’m so excited for it to be released in January and for everyone to love it as much as I did.